So you are finally taking a well deserved vacation. Whether your time away will be adventurous, relaxing, or spent visiting family, packing up and getting out of town for a while can be therapeutic in so many ways. The break from our daily routine of work, chores, and homework can recharge us for weeks after. However, though a vacation can be mentally healthy, it can wreak havoc on our physical health trends. Have you been a protein-and-veggie rock star? Buckle up for Aunt Rita’s Death by Heavy Cream baked penne. Have you been faithfully downing 70 ounces of water each day? You vacation mix of coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol is about to give your system a shock. Have you been a workout fiend, showing those 36 minutes who’s boss each week? Uhmm sure, you’ll pick it back up when you get back home, right? Lucky for you, the HIIT (high-intensity interval training) you’ve grown to love at FIT36 is extremely versatile and portable.
Here are three tips for taking your workout on the road:
- Going for a leisurely family walk? Make a game of challenging a family member to a HIIT race. You both give it your all for 30 seconds, slow down for 10 seconds, then rev it up again. Do this for as many cycles as you can.
- Staying at a hotel? Utilize the complimentary hotel gym room. Though usually substantially less impressive than your standard gym, it will usually contain at the very least a stationary bike. Grab a book and hop on. Spend 30 minutes doing cycling sprints for 30-45 seconds, and then resting for 10-15 seconds. Hit the weight rack when you’re done for extra points.
- You can even turn the guest room where you’re staying into a HIIT training area. Pick four high-intensity actions (some ideas are jumping jacks, burpees, running in place with high knees, pretend jump-roping, push-ups, and squat jumps) and do one at a time, with all your might, for 30-45 seconds, resting for 10-15 seconds in between each one. Go through the cycle 4 times, so you’re doing a total of 16 bursts of HIIT activity with mini rests in between.
While a few heart-pumping HIIT sessions may not be able to completely ward off the effects of all your splurge-eating (“the region’s best deep fried hot fudge sundae?” YES!), it will keep up your muscle tone and stamina, keep your stress levels in check and even serve as a healthy reminder to not go too overboard with extra treats. And when you get back home, it will be much easier to slide back into your regular, healthier habits.